Tsarnaev’s prison restrictions eased

Defense attorneys Miriam Conrad (L) and Judy Clarke (center) flank Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as Judge Marianne Bowler (R) looks on in court in Boston, Massachusetts in this July 10, 2013 court sketch.
Defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, center, flank Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court in Boston back in July.

Visitation restrictions for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been loosened, allowing more members of his legal team to jointly meet with the 19-year-old, who is facing terrorism charges related to the April 15 attack.

The decision follows complaints from Tsarnaev’s defense attorneys that the restrictions interfered with their ability to do their job.

According to court documents filed today, Tsarnaev, 19, is now allowed “multiple legal visitors which include the counsel of record, pre-cleared paralegals, the investigators, the mitigation specialist and the mental health consultant.”

The mitigation specialist will help develop evidence to dodge the death penalty.

On June 27, Tsarnaev was handed a 30-count indictment that includes charges of deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, deadly use of a firearm, carjacking and interference with commerce in connection with the deadly bombing, which left three dead and 260 injured.

Tsarnaev is being held in solitary confinement at a federal prison in Devens, Mass.

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